Federal Government in its resolve to ensure that there is substantial compliance to service delivery by its institutions, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, (MDAs), in tandem with the relevant laws, Acts and rules that established them, has dispatched members of the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS), to the 29 pilot MDAs for their maiden baseline assessment.
According to the report by The Guardian, the committee was divided in six teams, each made up of not less than three members, and deployed to different selected pilot MDAs.
The assignment was concluded at the weekend in Abuja with commencement of analyses and reports writing of the committee’s findings.
The exercise had been delayed for two years due to preparations, including capacity building and structural strengthening and document drafting / validation to ensure grasp of full implementation of the NACS.
The exercise would eventually see to the submission of the report to the Federal Executive Council (FEC), as soon as it is ready, through the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), doubling as the Chairman of the Inter – Ministerial Committee (IMC) of the NACS.
NACS, domiciled in the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice (AGF), is a creation of the present administration approved in 2017, by the FEC, presided over by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN). The council subsequently, directed the AGF to put necessary structures in place to achieve the objective of ensuring that the procedural service delivery is observed by the MDAs in their day – to -day operations. The NACS is the outcome of 10 -year efforts to be in place.
The NACS Technical unit of the Federal Ministry of Justice is heading the strategy, while the secretariat is situated at the Technical Unit of the Governance and Anti – Corruption Reforms (TUGAR).
A 20 – man Monitoring and Evaluation committee to implement it was inaugurated by the AGF in 2018 to execute the strategy by monitoring and evaluating the over 800 MDAs in the country. The first instance of the strategy will also end in 2021 after which it would be reviewed.
The strategy has the European Union’s funding support and managed by the British Council through the Rule of Law and Anti – Corruption (RoLAC).
Addressing the committee members before they were dispatched to their assigned MDAs, the chairman of the committee, Andrew Gandu, commended them for carrying their duties diligently in line with the guidelines set out for the baseline assessment activities of the MDAs.
He said: “Please be guided and take your job seriously and accordingly. You should know that at the end of the exercise, you will write reports that would be submitted to the Federal Government.”
Also speaking, the Technical Head of the TUGAR, Lilian Ekeanyanwu; the Anti- Corruption Component Manager of the RoLAC and Programme Officer of RoLAC, Messers Uche Emmanuel and Dala Pwanekai, commended them for the devoted time for the national assignment, maintaining that it was their commitment to fighting and tackling corruption in the MDAs, that cascaded to sub – national government.